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    In an effort to get ahead of growing concern and skepticism about nuclear power stemming from the plant emergencies in Japan, the leading trade and lobbying group for the global nuclear power industry has outlined its position on the future of nuclear energy.

    Reported by Staff

    “When we fully understand the facts surrounding the event in Japan, we will use those insights to make nuclear energy even safer.”

    And it vows that when we fully understand the facts surrounding the event in Japan, we will use those insights to make nuclear energy even safer.”

    The Nuclear Energy Institutes website  posted 19 questions and answers over the weekend, apparently intended to reassure the public, the financial markets and legislators that public support for nuclear power should not decline dramatically.”

    Highlights include:

    • It is premature to draw conclusions from the tragedy in Japan about the U.S. nuclear energy program. Japan is facing what literally can be considered a ‘worst case’ disaster and, so far, even the most seriously damaged of its 54 reactors has not released radiation at levels that would harm the public. That is a testament to their rugged design and construction, and the effectiveness of their employees and the industry’s emergency preparedness planning.”

    • “The U.S. nuclear industry, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the World Association of Nuclear Operators and other expert organizations in the United States and around the world will conduct detailed reviews of the accident, identify lessons learned (both in terms of plant operation and design), and we will incorporate those lessons learned into the design and operation of U.S. nuclear power plants.”

    • “The nuclear energy industry believes that existing seismic design criteria are adequate. Every U.S. nuclear power plant has an in-depth seismic analysis and is designed and constructed to withstand the maximum projected earthquake that could occur in its area without any breach of safety systems. Each reactor is built to withstand the maximum site-specific earthquake by utilizing reinforced concrete and other specialized materials.?

    • “Given the safety record in this country, the robust regulatory infrastructure, the defense in depth that governs operations and designs, and the seismological differences between the U.S. and Japan, we believe that public support for nuclear power should not decline dramatically.

    None of these points are likely to comfort the anti-nuclear power crowd, and may raise more questions than answers for those seeking a more objective analysis. For example, consider the third point listed above that states most assuredly  existing seismic design criteria are adequate. Every U.S. nuclear power plant has an in-depth seismic analysis and is designed and constructed to withstand the maximum projected earthquake that could occur in its area without any breach of safety systems.

    That is exactly what Japans nuclear industry believed prior to the catasthropic events of last week; that their facilities could withstand major earthquakes in the range of 7.5+, which was believed to be the maximum projected. Sadly, they were not prepared for a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

    Would nuclear power plants along the West Coast where several experts are predicting will be the next location for a big one  be able to withstand earthquakes in that range? Not if you go by what current design criteria calls for. Retrofitting exsisting facilities and building new ones to cope with such massive forces of destruction will require a far greater investment than what the industry is already spending and planning to spend. Is that a realistic outlook given the current and projected budget shortcomings in all areas of our economy?…

    The post Nuclear Industry Vows Japan Lessons Will Make Reactors Even Safer appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    Longmonts proposed oil and gas rules are not needed and not enforceable, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Colorado Attorney Generals Office. The industry group is asking the city to reject the proposed regulations and work within the states robust regulatory framework, wrote Andrew Casper,
    a COGA attorney.

    In the meantime, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission have invited Longmont-area residents to bring their questions about state regulation of oil and gas development to a public outreach meeting Monday evening  between 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the City of Longmonts Civic Center Complex on Kimbark St. State officials said the meeting will provide information about their agencies roles in regulating oil and gas development.

    Information will be provided about existing regulations, and state staffers will be available to answer written questions about the regulatory aspects of oil and gas information, as well as to speak individually with interested residents.

    Longmont has had a moratorium on oil and gas permits since December, and for the last several months has worked on developing the citys first new rules on drilling and operating wells in more than a decade. As drafted, the regulations set up a two-level system: a set of minimum standards that essentially reflect state guidelines and a more stringent set of recommended standards that companies can agree to in order to get a permit approved more quickly.

    This is where it gets sticky. One of the bans in the new regulations drew a negative response from the state. Assistant attorney general Jake Matter wrote in a letter to city officials that if an operator already had a state permit allowing drilling in the area, the city would have no authority to block it.

    The city should refrain from passing a residential development ban, Matter wrote, saying the city should instead work with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission through its local government designee, city planner Brien Schumacher, to talk out local issues.

    But Longmonts Mayor Dennis Coombs believes the city has taken a secure position, and said he is not ready to back up further.

    My understanding is we pushed these yellow light issues because they have not been proven absolutely in court, Coombs was quoted in the Denver Post, referring to issues that have neither been denied to cities by a court (red light) nor expressly permitted (green light). Were drawing our line in the sand and saying This is our line.…

    The post Longmonts Oil and Gas Regs Too Strict Say State and Industry appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    DENVER Bear Tracker Energy, LLC, a midstream energy company, announced today the signing of definitive agreements with a large U.S. independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

    BTE will construct, own, operate and expand a natural gas gathering system, cryogenic processing plant with a name plate capacity of 20 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), compression and other related facilities in the Niobrara Shale in northern Colorado.

    The associated natural gas production from 176 sections in Weld County, Colorado, will be dedicated to BTEs gathering system during the term of the agreement. Construction will commence in June of 2012 with operations estimated to start in the second quarter of 2013.

    About Bear Tracker Energy

    Bear Tracker Energy, LLC, headquartered in Denver, is a full service midstream energy company with a primary geographical focus in the Rocky Mountain region. The company currently has operations located in the Bakken area in North Dakota. The companys services include natural gas gathering, processing, compression, treating, fractionation, crude oil gathering and natural gas liquids marketing services. Bear Tracker Energy is a private company
    backed by GSO Capital Partners. For more information,
    or contact Kevin Collins, EVP & CFO at 303-626-8260.…

    The post Bear Tracker Energy to Provide NG Midstream Services in the Niobrara Shale appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    In another indication that Colorados Niobrara is attracting global interest, London-based Nighthawk is increasing its focus in U.S. shale plays with the announcement that it has entered an agreement with Running Foxes Petroleum (RFP) to acquire an additional 25% interest in the Jolly Ranch project in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.

    The energy company will pay RFP more than $12 million in cash and stock in exchange for the 25% stake and operatorship of the project.

    “This acquisition will propel Nighthawk to a position of majority partner and operator of a potentially major early stage US shale oil play, with funding available to press ahead with further development,” Nighthawk chairman Stephen Gutteridge said.

    Nighthawk’s first phase of development as operator will target the Cherokee formation as well as test the Niobrara formation in the north of the acreage.

    Its proposed work program will involve workovers on a selection of existing wells, seismic check shots and reinterpretation of existing 3D seismic surveys and the drilling of five new wells.

    Following the completion of the acquisition Nighthawk will own a 75% interest in the Jolly Ranch project and said RFP had signed a separate letter of intent and was in exclusive discussions with an unnamed third party to sell its remaining 25% interest by 30 April next year.

    Nighthawk also announced on Wednesday it was planning to raise up to $6.6 million through an open stock offering.…

    The post British Energy Company Buys Stake in Niobrara appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    TOPICS:Jay-Z Oakland California

    OAKLAND, California In a huge surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, rap superstar Jay-Z reveals in a new interview that he and wife, Beyonce are moving to the Oakland, California area. He tells the magazine that he is tired of the L.A. lifestyle and is looking for a big change in life.

    Im just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, Id rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. Ive been to Oakland a couple of times over the years and the people there are real theyre genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live, Jay-Z told the magazine.

    Im not retiring, Im just looking for a change in life and I think Ive found that in Oakland, Jay-Z reassured fans at oakland. Let us know what you think in the comments section below especially if youre a resident of the Oakland, California area.…

    The post Jay-Z Explains Why Hes Moving to Oakland, California appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    TOPICS:Justin Bieber Beautiful Women Orland Park Illinois

    Photo by Joe Bielawa / CC BY-SA 2.0 / cropped

    In a radio interview over the weekend Hollywood actor, Justin Bieber claimed that Orland Park, Illinois has the most beautiful women in the world. Why Orland Park?

    As Justin explained it:

    I knew a girl from Orland Park, Illinois and I visited her and her family in Orland Park a few years ago and I thought at the time that maybe she was just an exception but she wasnt. And Im not saying that the women there are necessarily more physically beautiful than other women in other places but, from my experience in Orland Park, the women there have the entire package, ya know? Theyre not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. The girl I knew from Orland Park was sweet, caring, and beautiful all-around and I found that to be the case for a lot of women there.

    The post Justin Bieber explains why Orland Park, Illinois has the most beautiful women appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    TOPICS:Star Wars Pueblo Colorado

    photo by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 3.0 / cropped & photo by Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 3.0 / cropped

    PUEBLO, Colorado Numerous news outlets are reporting that a portion of the next Star Wars movie will be filmed just outside of Pueblo, Colorado. The location in Colorado will represent a previously unknown planet in the Star Wars universe.

    Writer and director Rian Johnson is said to have personally chosen the location and will need the help of a large number of extras from Pueblo and the surrounding area. Reports claim that a big reason in choosing to film in Colorado is that the state has recently been providing significant incentives to production companies that choose to film in their state.

    No other details have been provided so far except that filming is set to begin sometime next year.…

    The post Next Star Wars Movie to be Filmed Near Pueblo, Colorado appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    Last week the task force appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to examine oil and gas regulation in Colorado issued its final report. The draft document comes as state leaders and the energy industry have been debating what role local governments should have in regulating the industry.

    In issuing its conclusions, the report did not break any new ground. Instead, it focused on the need for improving collaboration and coordination between the state, industry and communities, as energy development expands, particularly near urban and residential areas.

    While members of the task force discussed jurisdictional issues regarding substantive regulations, they determined that drawing bright lines between state and local jurisdictional authority was neither realistic nor productive. The authority to regulate what happens at or under well sites, including hydraulic fracturing operations, will remain the domain of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

    This is the right tone, according to Mike King, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, under which the COGCC functions.

    The Task Force does not make recommendations for new laws, but instead recommends a collaborative process through which issues can be resolved
    without litigation or new legislation, King wrote
    in a letter to the governor.

    One of the COGCC initiatives that task force members welcomed is the local government designee (LGD). While they wont have any enforcement responsibility, the local designees can bring issues of concern directly to the COGCC.

    The LGD is the person who takes the requests, concerns and comments of local citizens to the attention of the COGCC. They answer to their local government board or commission, so the position is not merely a figurehead, says King. The LGD is the key to a robust process for us.

    The task force wants to see the local government designees receive training and oversight from the COGCC. The hope is that by bringing the latest information to local governments regarding drilling practices, the designees will then have the ability to identify issues and bring resolve and accountability.

    Faith Winter, Program Director of the Colorado Conservation and an organization that had a seat on the task force, said Enhancing the local government designee process is really going to increase accountability, which will ultimately help protect public health and the environment.

    Editors Note: With the final task force report now a matter of public record, Colorado Energy News thought it would be a good time to check in with Mike King of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources on how his organization is balancing energy development with community concerns. You can read the full post in the premiere edition of Niobrara Report, the new digital magazine that tracks energy news and policy developments in the region.

    The post Task Force on Oil and Gas Regs Leave Unanswered Questions for Some appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    Computer desk is an important thing to concern while buying a system. Various health issues are also dependent on the type of computer desk. The desk with low budget with good looking is mostly preferred. Here is the comparison between wood and glass computer desk that may help you out in finding the table of your choice.


    Most of the people crave for thedurability while purchasing any product. It is a fact that wood desks are more durable than glass. The wooden desks take a longer period to get damaged. It has less maintenance cost and can be used roughly without any sincerity.


    Your computer is the expensive device and need lots of care so why not get a computer desk for home use. Wooden tables are more stable and can preserve computer in case of any earthquake or tension in the room. It keeps your system safe from falling down. On the other side, glass tables are light in weight and may not be able to handle the weight of system.


    Wooden tables are cheaper and are gaining a global fame in case of affordability. For an average man, budget is the most important factor to consider while purchasing any product.

    -Easy Installation

    Installation of wooden table in a room is quite easy as compared to glass table because they require some technical skills and an extra care while moving from one place to the other.


    Woods are available to us by trees and they are scattered all over the land. It is easy to access the computer table from any market. You may also gather timbers order the expert to prepare a table for you.



    Glass desks are available in many styles and colours. You can choose the style according to your room and also adjust it in certain angle and height. It blends with the colour scheme of your room and comes in various designs to choose. The glass table also does not get obsolete for several years.


    Most of the glass tables available are made from the tempered glass. Such glass is formed by heating-cooling process which ultimately increases its strength. The tempered glass is more durable then the regular glass which makes it safe. The product with such glass is hard to break but when it breaks it get shattered into several small round pieces. This property reduces the risk of injury. Glass desk also does not get affected by weather conditions while wooden desks are harmed by the sunlight and moisture.

    -Increased natural light

    Glass desks reflect more light then wooden or steel desks. This increases the natural light of the room and thus brightening the work area. Most of the glass desks are blended to enhance the natural light which affects your mood and boost productivity. It can create a pleasant workspace for you.

    -Low Maintenance

    Tempered glass has low maintenance cost. It does not need to be varnished to keep it clean instead you just have to wipe the dust and dirt with a cloth. Each time you wipe it, you will get a new desk to use. It is also not affected by moisture.


    Wood is obtained from trees which depletes the resources. On the other side, glass desk can be maintained for several years without any replacement which helps to conserve environmental resources.…

    The post Glass vs. Wood Computer Desk Compared appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.

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    Having a four wheeler in today’s generation is no more a luxurious thing. Most of the family now  prefers a four wheeler rather than having a two wheeler. Owning a two wheeler is only beneficial for those people who are bachelors working somewhere at distance and also to go for smaller distance. If you have a family of wife, children, parents then it is good to have a four wheeler rather than having a two wheeler.

    convertible car seat

    It is very difficult for those people who wants to go for an event, trip or occasion with the whole family. It is not possible to take the whole family in a bike or scooty. Paying extra money and booking a cab are sometimes worthless because you may lack comfortability. There are frequent occasions, trips and get together of family members, so purchasing a four wheeler is better than frequent booking of the cab. The price of the cars are also now affordable. There are many brands who are producing cars at affordable prices which can be owned easily by a middle class family. There are many offers provided by them like EMI’s, insurance, loan which helps to own a car without any effort.

    If you are planning to buy a car and your family contains small kids and babies then you also need to have a convertible car seat. Convertible car seats helps your babies and small kids to sit comfortably. The normal seats of the car are convenient and made for elder people. So it is not convenient for small kids. Most of the parents hold their baby or makes them sit on their laps but if you are planning for a long trip then it will be more difficult for you to make your kid seated on your lap continuously. This will be inconvenient for you as well as your baby. So it is recommended to have a convertible seats for your kids.

    Following are some things which you need to ensure while purchasing a convertible car seat.

    Type of car seat

    There are mainly two types of car seats available for small child and they are infant car seat and convertible car seat. An infant car seat can hold a child whose weight estimates from 35 to 45 pounds. This type of car seat are normally rear facing. Whereas, a convertible seats can be converted from rear facing to forward facing. Convertible seats can hold a child from its birth to 40 and 80 pounds and at the same time a height holding from 40 to 57 inches. There is also another type within convertible seat which is known as 3 in 1 or all in one car seat. It has the facility of rear facing and forward facing and at the same time provides the facility of booster seat for children who is up to 120 pounds. The 3 in 1 car seats should not be used for small babies as they are only forward facing. Check this website to get a detailed information on car seats.

    Side impact protection

    You cannot predict the turnings and jumpings of the road. So you need to be pre planned. While purchasing a car seat you need to ensure that they provide the side impact protection which will keep your baby’s head and chest secured. There are even chances that the babies try to move from the seat and at the same time they also move their head and hands here and there. As they are small babies, they don’t know that they can be injured. So ensure that you have a side impact protection car seat.

    Easy to use

    Buy a car seat which will be easy to use. There are different types of car seats which are less weighted or more bulky. So ensure that you use a more comfortable one for you as well as for your baby. Check out the rating provided for the car seat which you are planning to purchase as most rated one will be simple to use and at the same time more convenient.

    There are various selection available for car seats. If you are planning to purchase a convertible type, then ensure that you hold a best convertible car seat as it is for your baby.…

    The post Things you need to check before purchasing a car seat for your child appeared first on Daily NEWS 11.